Friday, August 31, 2012

Forced March to Fairfax Court House

Sunday, August 31, 1862

The Twentieth arose early this morning, marching at 3:00 A.M. over the Aqueduct Bridge on the Centreville Road and arriving at Fairfax Court House at 8:00 P.M., ending a long forced march of twenty-one hours in a heavy rain. Upon arrival at Fairfax the Twentieth had no relief, as Companies I and K went on picket duty from the approach of Confederate cavalry on the rear flank of the Union army.1

1George A. Bruce, The Twentieth Regiment of Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry 1861 - 1865 (Cambridge, Massachusetts: The Riverside Press, 1906), 144.

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